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TVS Apache RTR 310 Is Launched!

Photo credit: Brian Cheyne / ZA Bikers

As I write, our lucky colleague Brian Cheyne is in Thailand, attending the launch of the new TVS Apache RTR 310 motorcycle. Now, the name TVS will be familiar to any motorcycling enthusiast, even if they have never even seen one.

TVS is the third-largest motorcycle manufacturer in India, with annual sales of three million units, which it exports to over 60 countries. TVS also has manufacturing tie-ins with BMW, for whom it builds the G310 series of motorcycles and recently invested 100 million pounds sterling in Norton in the UK. In short, TVS knows what it’s talking about when it comes to motorcycles.

Image source: TVS

Not wanting to steal my colleague’s thunder – he will, of course, write a full appraisal of the Apache RTR 310 when he returns – this new model is well worth talking about extensively because it is quite incredibly well-equipped for what it is and what it is likely to cost.

Just look at this list of features: fully adjustable suspension, five riding modes, including a Supermoto mode which will disable ABS at the rear, a six-axis IMU giving access to cornering ABS, lean-sensitive traction control, cornering cruise control, wheelie control slope dependant control, rear lift control; bi-directional quick-shifter, tyre pressure monitoring, TFT dashboard, with GoPro control and Bluetooth connectivity and heated/cooled seat.

Image source: TVS

There is even something called Glide Through Technology (GTT), a first-in-segment feature that aids ease of riding during slow movements while in traffic or otherwise (my colleague will be able to expand on this further).

I mean, come on, there are many much larger and more expensive motorcycles on the market that can’t boast that amount of technology. And this is on a 312cc naked bike, a bike that is really going to shake up the sub-500cc segment enormously when it arrives here in SA.

Image source: TVS

All the above is available via two customisation kits, available on the TVS Built-To-Order platform – the Dynamic kit and the Dynamic Pro kit.

The engine, one suspects, will be as found in the BMW G310 range but it will be interesting to see how it feels in the TVS Apache.

Keep an eye on www.zabikers.co.za for the full launch report.

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
Harry has been obsessing about motorbikes for over 45 years, riding them for 38 years and writing and talking about them for 13 years. In that time, he has ridden everything from an Aprilia to a Zundapp, from the 1920s to the 2020s. His favourites are the ones that didn’t break down and leave him stranded. While he loves the convenience of modern bikes, he likes nothing better than getting his hands dirty keeping old bikes running, just as long as it’s not by the roadside! Old enough to know better and young enough not to care, he knows you don’t stop riding when you get old, you get old when you stop riding.
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